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In the grey zone of the Sonority Hierarchy: A typology of syllabic consonants and their non-consonantal properties

Date
Thursday 17 September 2020
Series
LACG Meetings
Location
online | if you would like to participate, please send an e-mail to lacg@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Abstract

Syllabic consonants are often subject to severe phonotactic restrictions and, compared with vocalic nuclei, may be defective in a variety of ways. They may systematically lack either the onset, or the coda, or both; or may be confined to specific positions within words. In some cases, however, syllabic consonants are well integrated into the vowel system. We show here that this is a gradient phenomenon, ranging from highly restricted defective consonantal nuclei to their full vocalic functionality, including stressability, lengthening under stress, and participation in vocalic length and tone contrasts. (...)

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